SHOULD A CHRISTIAN FEEL GUILT?

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Is a Christian to feel guilt when he sins? Some say “No” pointing out the scripture that says the devil is our accuser (Rev. 12:10) and Rom 8:1 which says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” However, the rest of that scripture in King James, is often overlooked “…who walk not after the flesh , but after the Spirit.” (A more comfortable translation of the Bible leaves it off.)  Wouldn’t there be condemnation for those who walk after the flesh? Since God corrects those he loves (Pr. 2:12), it is reasonable to assume that one cannot sin with reckless disregard.  

It might be that we have some difference in interpretation of the word “condemnation.” I like the word “rebuke” better.  But whatever you call it, a Christian cannot be comfortable in his/her sin.  The Holy Spirit residing within teaches, guides, rebukes,  maybe makes living a bit thorny for a while, giving you a chance to go to Jesus in repentance for strength to do better.  Do you call that guilt?  I do.  I know when I have done wrong and I do feel bad (guilt) until I repent of my sin.  Thankfully, Christ Jesus still makes intercession for me.  He’s the Mediator, the Intercessor. 

Why does he intercede for us if we don’t continue needing forgiveness for our sins?  That’s not the “new” gospel regarding law and grace.  I am not taking from his grace.  His grace is the reason I can be forgiven.  I just don’t believe I can support a gospel that says that when I am forgiven, I am not under “law” so I can do my own thing and his grace has covered it.

BUT ONCE A PERSON RECEIVES FORGIVENESS FOR HIS SIN, HE SHOULD NOT CONTINUE FEELING GUILTY!

GOD HAS CAST THAT SIN INTO THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS AS FAR AWAY AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST.

Next question?  Since I believe the blood of Jesus redeems one from sin and does away with the old nature and replaces it with his nature, can I still sin?  If I can and do, why?

Three reasons – I will get to them later.

 

 

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REVIEW – GETTING BACK ON TRACK

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Oh, I have been off subject (holy living/sanctification) too long.  I had to review; this is what my review looked like.  (You probably do not need to review, but here are the links just in case.)  I first wrote about having too much stuff (wash clothes, forks, books) and about how people tend to forget God when they have too much stuff  here.  

Then here I told about my stunning red nail polish and ask the question, “Does God care what we wear?”

In be holy I stressed God’s command for us to be holy (even as he is holy).  That’s tough but we do not have to do it alone.  Jesus’ blood sacrifice makes that possible; he will help us as we practice our “No” muscle.  We say no to the things he reveals to us to lay aside and we say yes to new habits and efforts to “look like Jesus.”

A bit of discussion next regarding  the way we spend our time, often choosing to entertain ourselves with thoughts unfit for human consumption – the garbage in, garbage out routine.

And last we looked with some anticipation at what Heaven might look like.  Ending with the conclusion:  ‘TIS A SHAME SO MANY EQUATE HOLINESS WITH BOREDOM!

Now let’s whiz back in the Bible to the prophet Isaiah when in his sixth chapter he sees the Lord.  His words reveal how impossible it is to be holy in our own efforts. After years of preaching and serving God, Isaiah has a vision in which he sees God “high and lifted up.” He is stricken with his own impurity as he says, “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, . . . (Is.6:5).

One might question in despair, “If the prophet, Isaiah did not achieve holiness, where will I be?” Only Jehoval-m’kaddesh (God who sanctifies) is perfect in his holiness; therefore, we can only be perfectly holy in Him. However, holiness is only complete in a person to the extent that the person hungers to be like God and cooperates in walking in a holy life style as he puts away negative traits and adds positive traits.

 

Paul’s message to the Corinthians indicate the change which had come about in their lives. He has been speaking of a list of unholy persons – fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, perverts, and homosexuals – then he says, “And such were some of you but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

 

Paul does not indicate that these people are still “working at being set free” from these behaviors; to me it sounds like they have been set free. However, in Romans 7, Paul indicates that he still has a struggle in his walk of holiness, BUT he shows victory in Jesus Christ (verse 25). This confirms a mutual work between Paul’s will and Jehovah-m”kaddish.

Now that bit there in the middle – the last three paragraphs – sounds an awfully lot like theology/doctrine/religious talk which sometimes sounds boring.  Like some folks think Heaven sounds boring.  But trust me, it’s not boring; it’s hard, that’s what it is!  Now is that down home talk okay.  

Good thing is God does not expect you to get all halo-y in an instant.  He just expects you to say something like this:  “Okay, God show me what to do and I’ll try.”  Then you either succeed or you fail.  If you succeed, good – you can pass on to the next thing that needs some polishing or stain remover.  If you fail, you look up and say, “My bad, forgive me and give me a chance to try again.”

Oh, the feel of his hand in yours as you get up to try again….!  Mighty nice Father we have!  I think of a scripture where he says, “It was I who taught Ephraim (Put your name there) taking them by the arms…” (Hosea 11:3) Yes, he will lift you up if/when you stumble. 

REMEMBER THIS – WE ARE LEARNING TO BE HOLY (SANCTIFIED) AS GOD IS HOLY.  

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ENOUGH ALREADY!

Reblogged for the benefit of students and teachers. Posted two years ago. Needs a bit of editing but I don’t know how. Had some wonderful comments. Don’t know if they come with the re-blog. If not, look up in August, 2015. Have a great school year – parents, teachers, and kids!

Sweet aroma

Riddle One

First I tried because I thought every teacher did it.

Then I tried because I thought it was important.

Then I tried for my reputation’s sake.

Then I just tried.

Then I tried to try.

Then, cynical and disillusioned,  I didn’t try anymore.

Then I had to try again.  Boss said so.

With all the trying I succeeded only once.

Riddle Two

Combine two four letter words and you get a dirty word.

Riddle Three

It contributes to teachers blaming parents, parents resenting teachers, and kids

becoming proficient liars.

Answer?  HOMEWORK

I will make this very clear.  I HATE HOMEWORK.  If it were up to me, homework would be eliminated – period.  Now I know it will be mentioned as one of the requirements for a good educational system.  But I’m not backing down.  I think any teacher who demands homework should be tried for child abuse!  (Ouch…

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NATURE’S WAY

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Order restored as

water returns to rivers –

chaotic floods cease.

——–Remembering those whose lives have been devastated by floods.  For most the sun will shine again.  May lives be rebuilt, order restored.  God, give means to start again with peace, energy, and help from fellowman.

The girls are here again today, so I’m posting haiku again.  You all know I love haiku, so I’m glad for the excuse not to work too hard at deep thoughts.  I’m thinking them, however.  😀

TJ’s Household Haiku

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VACATION’S OVER

swing

Poignant and alone,

Swing’s quiet.  It’s late summer

And school has begun.

Weekly Haiku

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ONE, TWO…

numbers

Check out the way I spent my light sleep (or awake) time in the middle of the night – rewriting a nursery rhyme.

ONE, TWO           – WHAT SHOULD I DO?

THREE, FOUR     –  MOP THE FLOOR,

FIVE, SIX              –  STACK SOME BRICKS,

SEVEN, EIGHT     – LOVE, DON’T HATE

NINE, TEN            – WE ALL WIN!

Accuse me of brainwashing kids?  I will if I get a chance!

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AMERICA IN CRISIS

Facebook pulled this up for me today. I posted last year. But it is certainly still a call we need to heed. Intercede for America today.

Sweet aroma

I have been touched today by a scripture I read this morning.  Jeremiah 48:36, God speaking, “So my heart sounds for Moab like flutes, and My heart sounds for the men of Qir Heres like flutes.  Therefore the wealth they made shall be gone..”  I opened YouTube and listened to the sound of a flute as I sat meditating on that scripture. I challenge you, dear reader, to do the same.  Feel the loving heart of God who has given up on any segment of people or culture who have turned their backs on him choosing other gods instead.  Just a chapter or two before that, Jeremiah is telling of the people who are choosing the “Queen of Heaven” over the true God.  Unbelievable!

What if in the writings of the future, I were to read that God says, “So my heart laments for the USA, and the men of Oklahoma City…

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EXCITING ANTICIPATION

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There are many versions of a parable which consists of a conversation between twins in the mother’s womb.  One questions whether or not there is life after birth, he also questions whether or not there is such a thing as a mom because he has never seen her.

I like this version and it is offered for use by the writer for free distribution so… here

Even God may have a bit of trouble describing heaven for us in language we can understand, since the Bible is not very specific.  Or maybe that is a part of our faith walk and he doesn’t want us to try to wrap our minds around his surprise for his bride/saints.  I Corinthians 2:9  “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Yesterday I asked you to mull over your answer to whether heaven seems boring.  What did you decide?  I can almost guarantee those who are Christians, came up with something like this, “I don’t know what Heaven will be, but I sure don’t think it will be boring.”  They make that statement based on their walk with Jesus here on earth.  He is not boring.  At least not for those who will take a risk with him.\

Venturing my opinion on some matters.

1. I do not think we will all automatically be filled with all knowledge and be perfected in our ability to do things.  Therefore, I look forward to all the things there will be to learn from exploring the galaxies to learning to play the violin.

2.  Although I know there will be no need for nurses, emergency personnel, policemen, soldiers, and other caregivers, I do believe there will be need for people who have been honed in their compassion and care giving on earth – “people” people.  Perhaps these people will be the “hospitality” people in heaven.  Maybe one of them will act as my guide to show me where my mom lives.

3.  Will the millions of babies who die on earth still be babies in heaven?  If so, maybe I can be a teacher for them.  And I believe we will learn arts and sciences.  Who will teach me?  Perhaps Mozart and Galileo; perhaps Margie and Joe.  (Who are they? I don’t know.)

4.    There will be leaders (Matthew 25:23 His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.) 

5.  I think we are safe to expect work and play in zoology and botany, since that was the first work required from Adam even in the midst of Eden.

When we get to Heaven, I might roar with laughter as I pull this blog from my memory museum.  There might not be one word of fulfillment in my assumptions about Heaven!  After all, no mind can conceive… I’m just a baby in God’s womb.  He is all around me and I just barely know him.

CONCLUSION:  ‘TIS A SHAME SO MANY EQUATE HOLINESS WITH BOREDOM!

 

 

 

 

 

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MYSTERIES AHEAD

explorers

Explorers delve deep

Into uncharted waters

Seeking excitement!

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DOES HEAVEN SOUND BORING TO YOU?

bored

A line from a song in my childhood:  “Heaven is a holy place, Filled with glory and with grace.  Sin can never enter in.”  Honest evaluation, now.  Does Heaven Sound Boring to You?  No sin, no fights, no dirty jokes, no sex,  no R-rated movies or books, no gossip, no bullying. No participation in such things nor even being entertained that way.

Things there will be true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good in action and in thought. And we will be spending lots of time just worshiping God, and singing about him.

Sounds pretty boring to me!  What’s the next choice?  Oh, really?  That’s not good; I guess Heaven will be better, but it still sounds boring.

insanitybytes2 deals with “garbage in, garbage out” in an excellent article.  Please go read it.  We have been brainwashed!

We have compromised standards of entertainment to the place that more filth is dished out for shock value to an audience that is no longer shocked at anything.  I ask, “How long has it been since you have seen anyone blush?”  I’m sure the kid who first stuck a porn picture in my face in high school got a kick out of my blush.  I remember how hard it was to act as though it didn’t bother me.  I wish I had slapped his face, but I didn’t.

Now it is near standard fare on television in our homes.  My little girls were watching children cartoons on my kindle.  I watched with them for a while, no problem.  They went on their way for something and I clicked a kiddie picture in the side bar.  Cartoon again.  A little girl playing in a little inflatable pool with a slide.  She ran around the slide to climb it.  While she was out of sight, a man (still cartoon) came along and urinated in the water.  She did not see him, but all the little ones watching the cartoon saw what happened.

True, none of that will be in Heaven.  Sounds boring, huh?  I’m not through but I’m quitting for today.  See you later.  Meanwhile, mull over my question a bit.  It might lead us to a little more understanding of sanctification.

 

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